This presentation will provide a basic overview of the Fear Free for Shelters program. The Fear Free for Shelters program is a worthwhile investment for all shelter staff and volunteers. Fear Free implements a different approach and simple techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, stress, and frustration to improve physical and mental health. The use of Fear Free creates positive changes in animal shelters, both in staff mentality and in the pets in their care. We strive to improve welfare for both people and animals by reducing the overall stress involved in sheltering and by strengthening the human-animal bond.